Pep Guardiola’s and Manchester City come into their Premier League game at home to Everton on Saturday facing a situation they are not used to. For the first time this season domestically, they must bounce back from a defeat.
Guardiola always maintained that the records broken last season would not be threatened by City this year. If they couldn’t go the whole campaign unbeaten then, they won’t now; not that that was ever the aim. But the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Saturday evening was the catalyst for a proper title race this season after Liverpool went top of the table having beaten Bournemouth earlier in the day.
Such was City’s dominance last year that they have built up a reputation as untouchable, despite never claiming to be a side that couldn’t be beaten. But they have had issues against the Toffees, the next visitors to the Etihad this weekend, in both of Guardiola’s previous two seasons in charge.
Two draws at home tell their own story, while Goodison Park was the scene of his worst result in England; a 4-0 humbling in January 2017. This game is far from a forgone conclusion and should be viewed as openly as possible, particularly in the betting markets.
Marco Silva’s side probably aren’t best pleased to be facing a likely angry and extra motivated City side, but they may be pleased to be on the road again. Back to back home games against Newcastle and Watford should have brought six points in their push for a top six spot this season.
On both occasions, though, they were forced to come from behind to salvage a draw. With no pressure on them in this one, they, and in particular Brazilian Richarlison who scored in both of those games, could thrive.
Even when taking everything into account; City’s troubles against Everton, their vulnerability after the recent defeat and the fact they could be without both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero again, we are backing a City win. It’ll be tight, but we suggest using your Paddy Power Free Bets to bet on a home win with BTTS. Also, we think Gabriel Jesus to score first at 4/1 could also be worth a look.
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